David’s thoughts

The collected musings of WildCRU’s Founder and Director, Professor David Macdonald, Professor of Wildlife Conservation, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. David Macdonald explains how the WildCRU’s long-term study of lions and the people living alongside them in Hwange NP, and the team led by Andrew Loveridge, has revealed how predator ecology and animal husbandry […]

Cecil’s pride – NoBhuhle (Beautiful)

As the Christmas holidays approach, David Macdonald has more good news from Cecil’s pride Followers of our lion study in Hwange will realise that the WildCRU team is striving to monitor the private lives of the lionesses and cubs now overseen by the aging male, Jericho, Cecil’s former coalition partner. For some time we have […]

Are Cecil’s grand offspring on the way? David Macdonald reports that a 4 and a half year old male lion, nicknamed Xanda, which the WildCRU team has monitored since his cubhood is almost certainly one of Cecil’s sons

Last week Xanda was seen mating repeatedly with lionesses from the so-called Backpans Pride – pregnancy in lions lasts about 110 days, so all being well Cecil’s grand offspring should be around in March. Actually, as followers of our News Items will remember, while Andy Loveridge and I started the Hwange Lion Project in 1999, […]

Mr Matthew Wijers

In 2010 I volunteered for WildCRU’s Hwange Lion Project in Zimbabwe. During this time, I developed a keen interest for wildlife conservation and research. I then went on to complete a BSc in Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa where my final-year project focussed on African wild dog denning behaviour in the Save […]

David Macdonald writes from Zimbabwe, where Andy Loveridge and he are planning the next phase of fieldwork on WildCRU’s lion project

We have had a lot of enquiries recently about the well-being of Cecil’s pride and their cubs. They’ve proved a bit elusive recently, but a few days ago the team tracked them down and, as the attached photo illustrates, all was very calm. These are exciting days for the project at Hwange as we plan […]

WildCRU and Panthera announce the Cecil Lion Summit

Meeting of World Leaders in Lion Conservation Convened by WildCRU and Panthera at the Recanati-Kaplan Centre in Oxford in 2016 New York, NY – Partners WildCRU and Panthera today announced that they are organizing and hosting a landmark summit for range wide lion conservation in 2016, in honour of Cecil the lion, whose death triggered […]

Tour guide killed by a lion

Professor David Macdonald, Director of WildCRU, said: ‘All those at WildCRU who work on the Hwange Lion Programme were saddened to hear of the death of Quinn Swales, a very experienced tour guide killed by a lion while leading a party of tourists on foot in the centre of Hwange. Our hearts go out to […]

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